U.S. Navy reported an encounter with Russian Jet on Youtube
The U.S. Navy has published a quick video clip from an occurrence in which a U.S. aircraft was stopped by a Russian jet while hovering around in international airspace above the Black Sea. The video, posted on YouTube, is just a few seconds running, but the caption following the video states the “intercept lasted two hours and 40 minutes.”
The intercept happened on Monday and was supposed to be “unsafe” by the U.S. Navy. The Russian jet — a Su-27 — reached inside 5 feet of the U.S. plane — a Navy EP-3 Aries aircraft — and passed immediately into its flight route, creating the EP-3 to hop into a path of commotion, the Pentagon told.
Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Pamela Kunze told on Monday the Russian military is “within its right” to jet in international airspace, but they “must behave within international standards set to ensure safety and prevent incidents.”
“Unsafe actions increase the risk of miscalculation and midair collisions,” she stated.
The Pentagon told the U.S. aircraft did “operating in accordance with international law” and did not make Russian activity.
The U.S. State Department published a report Monday dusk that transcribed the event “with the highest level of concern” and declared Russia “was flagrantly violating existing agreements and international law.”
The statement reported said,”The United States notes with the highest level of concern the latest incident of unsafe Russian military practices, over the Black Sea on January 29. As confirmed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe, a Russian SU-27 engaged in an unsafe interaction with a U.S.
EP-3 in international airspace, with the Russia pilot closing to within 5 feet and crossing directly in front of the EP-3’s flight path. While the U.S. aircraft was operating under international law, the Russian side was flagrantly violating existing agreements and international law, in this case, the 1972 Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas (INCSEA).
This is but the latest example of Russian military activities disregarding international norms and agreements. We call on Russia to cease these unsafe actions that increase the risk of miscalculation, danger to aircrew on both sides, and midair collisions.”
The event is the newest in a string of solid stops within Russian and U.S. aircraft above the Black Sea.